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AP PHOTOS: Big Mass on Rio beach as pope rests

Wednesday - 7/24/2013, 10:28am  ET

Catholics kneel at portable confessionals set up in Quinta da Boa Vista park during World Youth Day events in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, July 23, 2013. As many as 1 million young people from around the world are expected in Rio for the Catholic youth event. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

The Associated Press

Pope Francis took it easy Tuesday after his long flight to Brazil, attending a private Mass and meeting with church officials.

The World Youth Day festival got underway, with an estimated half million Roman Catholic faithful crowding onto Copacabana beach for a Mass under rainy skies.

Preparations also continued in the town of Aparecida, where the pope will go Wednesday to visit the basilica that holds Brazil's patron saint, the dark-skinned Virgin of Aparecida, and have lunch with bishops and seminarians.

Here's a gallery of images from the second day of Francis' visit to Brazil.

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